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Table 1 Primary care - demographic and other information

From: Challenges to the Israeli healthcare system: attracting medical students to primary care and to the periphery

  Primary care Undecided No primary care Primary care vs no primary care Primary care Females vs males
Females Males
N   98 184 229   41 57  
Female   42% 51% 49%     
Male   58% 50% 51% NS    
Age (years) 18–20 0% 0% 0.4%   0% 0%  
21–23 25% 14% 17%   27% 23%  
24–26 19% 31% 29%   34% 9%  
27–29 37% 42% 39%   27% 44%  
30–32 14% 10% 12%   10% 18%  
+ 32 5% 4% 3% NS 2% 7% p < 0.01
Marital status Single 70% 63% 73%   66% 72%  
Married 30% 36% 26. %   34% 26%  
Divorced 1% 1% 0.4% NS 0% 2% NS
Thought of a specialty when started Yes 85% 79% 82%   85% 84%  
No 15% 21% 18% NS 15% 16% NS
When did  you start thinking of a specialty? Pre - med school 25% 29% 26%   27% 23%  
Year 1 4% 4% 4%   6% 2%  
Year 2 4% 4% 2%   3% 4%  
Year 3 4% 3% 5%   0% 6%  
Year 4 56% 42% 48%   62% 51%  
Year 5 9% 19% 16% NS 3% 13% NS
Have you changed your mind? Yes 61% 59% 63%   59% 62%  
No 40% 41% 38% NS 41% 38% NS
When did you change your mind? Year 1 0% 0% 2%   0% 0%  
Year 2 0% 3% 1%   0% 0%  
Year 3 2% 1% 2%   0% 4%  
Year 4 41% 44% 42%   35% 46%  
Year 5 57% 52% 54% NS 65% 50% NS
Specialties under consideration Family medicine 16% 2% 0%   14% 17%  
Pediatrics 41% 42% 24%   54% 30%  
Internal med 26% 30% 32%   26% 26%  
Ob/Gyn 19% 20% 22%   34% 7%  
Emergency med 4% 0% 2%   0% 7%  
Surgical* 20% 31% 31%   9% 30%  
Other 22% 44% 39% p < 0.01 20% 30% p < 0.01
High school location Israel 97% 97% 96%   95% 98%  
Other 3% 3% 4% NS 5% 2% NS
High school location in israel Jerusalem 32% 25% 23%   26% 36%  
Central 29% 37% 44%   31% 29%  
North 26% 28% 23%   33% 21%  
South 13% 9% 10%   10% 14%  
Other 0% 1% 1% NS 0% 0% NS
Future residency location Israel 98% 98% 99%   97% 98%  
Other 2% 2% 1% NS 3% 2% NS
Perferred residency location in Israel Jerusalem 28% 18% 23%   23% 31%  
Central 22% 32% 34%   13% 29%  
North 17% 11% 9%   23% 12%  
South 1% 1% 2%   3% 0%  
Don’t know 33% 39% 32% p < 0.05 39% 29% p < 0.01
  1. *Surgical specialties